Chemistry professor shows dedication to chemistry students


FIU chemistry professor Milagros (Milly) Delgado was recently recognized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her dedication to chemistry students. According to Tom Barton, immediate past-president of ACS, "it is not unusual to find her teaching as many as four different courses in the same semester at FIU. But this and all her ACS activities still far from capture the soul of Milly Delgado, who expends seemingly every other moment in volunteer activities."

Delgado not only mentors her students, she finds them positions in the chemistry labs or stockroom, and guides them to career success regarding their paths to accomplishing their goals. She encourages them to get involved in chemistry clubs and research, and even has some present lectures under her tutelage.

In addition, Professor Delgado serves as co-advisor to FIU's award-winning science club, and for the last four years, has also hosted a hands-on workshop for high school chemistry teachers, complete with experiments and lesson plans (the workshop is sponsored by an ACS local grant). When asked by Barton if she had one wish what would it be, Delgado responded "a 25-hour day."
Along with FIU's Delgado, only two other professors were featured, Sarah Johnson from East Tennessee State University and Derrick Wood, from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

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